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U.S.A – West Virginia

West Virginia Film & Photography Production Services & Camera Crews

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in West Virginia? Contact us for trusted fixers, producers, directors, DoPs, videographers, photographers, and full shooting crews tailored for the specific needs of your project.

Filming in West Virginia

For an introduction to shooting in West Virginia see below notes on film locations, permits, when to shoot, unique local stories, costs, tax incentives, crews, talent, equipment, communications, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits for filming, transport, film-friendly accommodation, and safety advice.

West Virginia Film Locations

Despite the stereotypes of West Virginia being a state of run down towns and destroyed natural locations, the state is actually full of beautiful green landscapes and impressive architecture.

West Virginia locations of interest include Appalachian Mountains, Monongahela National Forest, Blackwater Falls State Park, small towns nestled in forested hills such as the picturesque Harpers Ferry, rivers, waterfalls, gorges, covered bridges and apple orchards. The state also offers interesting industrial looks such as railroads, highways, bridges, abandoned coal mines, prisons and factories.

Small coal town film locations of note include Hinton, Lewisburg, Buckhannon, Elkins, Shepherdstown, Thomas, Davis, Thurmond, and Logan.

From south to north… The Greenbrier is a luxury resort located in the Allegheny Mountains. Nuttallburg Headhouse has a defunct rusting coal conveyor. Prince has an old-style Amtrak station. Green Bank observatory has a large satellite dish available for film shoots (note the area has no cell, internet, radio, or TV service). Cass Scenic Railroad State Park has a steam train available for filming. New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville is an impressive location. The State Capitol building in Charleston can double for the White House. John Amos Powerplant is located in Winfield on the Kanawha River. In November Gauley River offers river control allowing a choice of filming raging whitewater or calm water.

Wheeling is a beautiful rust-belt city in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. West Virginia State Penitentiary is a defunct gothic-style prison located in Moundsville. The Palace of Gold temple can double for a temple in India.

West Virginia has hosted films such as The Deer Hunter, The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Super Size Me, and the TV series Castle Rock.

West Virginia Film Location Permits

Most public locations are fee-free. Permits and proof of liability insurance are required. Please contact us for location specific information.

When To Shoot?

West Virginia has hot and humid summers with cold winters and snow at higher elevations.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in the United States.

Unique Local Stories

Brands are looking for local stories that match their brand narrative. Our local teams are a great lead for sourcing those unique stories and characters.

If you are looking for stories for your next shoot, send us your brief and we will pitch you ideas.

If you have a unique story you would like to pitch to a brand anywhere in the world, pitch us your idea. We have well-established processes to ensure that your ideas are properly seen and protected.

West Virginia Tax Incentives For Filming

West Virginia does not currently offer a film incentive program.

West Virginia Film Crew & Talent

Crew. West Virginia has a small pool of locally based crew and equipment. 

Contact us if you are looking for a Charleston or Harpers Ferry based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in West Virginia.

Talent. The local population is predominately Caucasian. Film characters one might associate with West Virginia include coal miners, and banjo playing hillbillies.

West Virginia Film Equipment

Equipment. West Virginia offers a small pool of standard camera, grip, and lighting equipment for hire.

Communications. Communication is key. Our agility and global experience allows us to customise the right communications systems for every shoot.

Web posted casting, scouting, and videoconferencing.

For clients that are unable to attend set we offer a virtual video village solution. This dedicated and secure high-resolution video streaming platform allows clients from one or multiple timezones to view setups without compromise and to participate in real-time with the team on set. Separate systems can be set up for the discrete conversations that are required to make a job run right. Working remotely with our local teams reduces your content production costs, turnaround times, carbon footprint, and risks associated with unpredictable global events.

West Virginia Film-Friendly Accommodation

Please contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Charleston, Harpers Ferry and other areas of West Virginia.

Final Notes

Safety. West Virginia is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to shoot. See here for up to date travel advice.

Down Time. Hike someway down the Appalachian Trail.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in West Virginia, please see below:

Hire West Virginia Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in West Virginia, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in West Virginia, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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